Lisa Ruffell is Greater Bendigo's new mayor for the first time.
Cr Ruffell takes over from Alec Sandner who was not returned at the weekend's council poll.
Cr Ruffell defeated re-elected councillors Rod Fyffe and Barry Lyons for the top job.
She received at least five votes in the first round of secret-ballot voting, with only one round needed to decide the result.
She told the Weekly she was very honoured and keen to hit the ground running.
"I'm feeling numb and very excited," she said.
Cr Ruffell was first elected to the City of Greater Bendigo in 2008 and was returned as one of three councillors to represent the newly-formed Whipstick Ward at this year’s election.
She will be sworn in on Monday night.
Cr Ruffell was expected to do well in the vote, with support expected to come from pro-review councillors Peter Cox, ELise Chapman, James Williams and Helen Leach.
Cr Ruffell is a successful and active local business woman with a diverse range of qualifications and experiences.
Cr Ruffell was awarded the 2000 Australian Federation of Business and Professional Woman Bendigo Business Woman of the Year and was a finalist in the 2000 BPW Victorian Business Woman of the Year Awards.
She was a member of the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Committee, forging closer links between Victoria Police and the City of Greater Bendigo community and raising much needed funds for the Bendigo and Heathcote hospitals.
Cr Ruffell has a long history of involvement and commitment to the future development of Greater Bendigo and its outlying areas. She is determined in her resolve to maintain and further develop the quality of life for the City of Greater Bendigo community.
Tributes have begun to Cr Ruffell.
Member for Bendigo East Maree Edwards was one of the first to congratulate her.
"How good to have a female mayor. Congratulations Lisa," she tweeted.
Bendigo identity Keith Sutherland was als quick off the mark.
"Glad that Cr Lisa Ruffell is to be Mayor for the COGB," he tweeted.
"She will do a great job and will be very involved in the community. Well deserved, Lisa."
Golden Dragon Museum manager Anita Jack also gave Cr Ruffell her support.
@CrLisaRuffell," she posted on twitter.
"I told my daughters a Woman is now the #1 citizen of
#Bendigo. woop woop
More to come.